Construction disputes in the Middle East are on the rise. For example, the Global Arbitration Review reports that the number of registered cases at the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) nearly tripled between 2008 and 2009, up from 100 to 298. The majority (approximately 80%) of disputes at the DIAC has traditionally been construction-related—a trend that is reflected at other Middle East and Northern Africa arbitration centers as well. In fact, in 2009, DIAC handled 206 cases arising out the property and construction sectors: 126 were property-related and principally between large-scale commercial investors and developers of overdue projects. The remaining 80 cases were from the construction sector.
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Reprinted with permission from Construction Contracts Law Report.